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The term "Backup" means the methods and processes involved to copy computer data (system data as well as application data) to media other than the ones where the data originally live (disk, tape, optical, cloud). "Restore" in turn means the methods and processes involved in data recovery, i. e., bringing back copied computer data to their original location. Backup/Restore primarily serves as a means of protection against data loss, be it due to disaster, corruption or sabotage. It can also be used for recovering data from an earlier point in time and even for cloning machines or applications. There is a wide variety of backup/restore software available, from expensive commercial products to free or open source tools.

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I have a client with PowerEdge T410 with just about 1.6 TB of space to back up and using a USB 3.0 backup device, and it takes about two full days to backup the unit.  If I could install a PCI or PCIe USB 3.0 card into the server, the backups would happen much faster.  

I've read that there will be incompatibility issues with installing such an adapter into the server.  

Can anyone comment on how this can be done successfully?

Thanks much.
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In order to prevent another $thousands mess with Godaddy, I thought I'd get some advice on my new circumstance.

A Godaddy tech is calling me tomorrow to discuss my unused policies and perhaps a refund on my giant mistake.

If you'd like a remembrance of the  previous blunder question, briefly, it is here

Anyway, the tech suggested I might be refunded this $3,000, he said -
$1,000 dedicated server purchase (and some other stuff) and we'll discuss it tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes here, and on my other question.

Discussion with Godaddy tech -
I'll say - Experts advised me to stop using godaddy. - for hobbyists, which I have already done a hobby type blog.
Sadly, I have a bad case of loyalty more...
I mentioned on the setup call today that experts had advised me that Godaddy was inadequate for top-shelf .io game delivery.
How pitiful.
I don't even know why I fell for the $3,000 thing. She convinced me it would be optimal for game delivery and speed. My blog's performance seemed acceptable, but it wasn't NYT. I saw no reason to be contemptuous.
Is there any chance the tech could offer something decent tomorrow? Don't I want to keep my godaddy for the parked domains and my many files and backups in my public folder, ability to do new websites quickly? The refund will only be into my Godaddy account, which might …
We have an old laptop that has Windows 7 and some very specific software that our finance dept uses. We no longer have access to this software that was created by company that is no longer in business. Users typically remote into this machine to run this software that requires SOAP UI Utilities and Office 2003 to work. We would like to Clone this PC unto another similar PC so more than person can access this software and perform the same function. All that being said, can we close the hard drive of that laptop unto another laptop (Does it have to be the same make and model?) so we can have an exact duplicate of that system? I was thinking about using Clonezilla.
I replaced a 250GB with a 500GB nvme drive, using Acronis backup-restore.  It didn't restore proportionally so I'm left with 230GB orphaned at the end of the drive. I want to merge that into the C drive.  I once had a program that did this easily. I don't remember what that was.  I just tried gparted and it was a real pain to use.  I'm looking for a program that makes this a simple task.  
I had this question after viewing how to truncate Exchange 2016 DAG DB transaction log..?.

We are considering implenting a DAG environment.

How does application aware backups using products such as veeam etc impact DAG members that utilise replay lag times and passive dag members?

eg - is there a chance of replay not being healthy if for example the backup job truncates logs but the copy was in a bad state?
Should i be backing up the passive node instead?
If i backup the passive node, what happens to the logs on the active, passive and replay lagged database copies?

All very confusing.
Hi, I am using VMware cluster (ESXi 6.0).
I just created a VM and I noticed that Network adapter option is greyed out.
I created ANOTHER VM, and I got same results.
"Connect on power on" icon seems normal,  but "connected" is not.
Any suggestion?
I am using DVS (distributed virtual switch)
I currently have a site where we had originally purchased a 3-2-1 (3 servers – 2 ISCIS – 1 SAN) solution back in 2012. The SAN was upgraded about 4 years ago, but we are really at a point where we need to do a full refresh. Overall the setup has been good and haven’t had any major complaints from end users.

Due to the single point of failure and latency sometimes incurred during backups, large upgrades to our application server which uses SQL, and RDS use, I was hoping to move away from SAN and use local storage while keeping the HA / vMotion features.

Obviously, VMware’s vSAN came straight to mind even though I knew I’d basically have to purchase all new licensing (Currently Essentials Plus) and vSAN.

We will be replacing all our Windows 2008R2 VMs with Windows 2019 but here is a quick overview of performance:


After the upgrade it be similar to another site and VM count.
Overall we should not have over 12-15 VMs. There will be 1 RDS server which will probably have around 32-64GB of RAM but I usually dedicate a host for that VM.

I called my Dell rep and tell them about the refresh and budget I’m trying to stay in for hardware and any VMware licensing and of course they come back with the vxRail solution, Enterprise Plus Licensing, etc, with a price point 3x my budget. I feel like I’m talking to a car salesman looking to see how much they can get out of me and…
Say, My Android phone is backing up call log history to google drive. I can view the file under backups in Google Drive. How do I download this file and inspect it? I want to view the raw data.

Does Google keep older backups or each time over right them and if so is there a setting or way to keep a history of backup files?
Say, I have an android Black Berry Key one with Google Backups enabled. I'm after restoring a backup of my call logs from 5 months ago.
How do I go about this? tx Shaun
Really I just want to check that what i am doing is a supported config.

I have 3 servers i use for HCI using S2D 2019.

I have 3 Virtual Disks all using 33% of the storage minus 1 spare HDD for failure(cache + ssd + hdd) seems to be working ok.

I want to add 8 1TB drives into each of the servers to create a new virtual disk that only uses cache + hdd.

The HDDs are a different model than the HDDs used in the other 3 virtual disks. I know that i should utilise only the one storage pool, but would i still be in a supported configuration, on top of that how would it know what disks to create the new virtual disk on? I dont want it to attempt to use the space capacity disks i currently have (they are 1.6tb disks) with the new ones i intend to use (1tb disks)

Thanks in advance for any feedback!
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We install Acronis for customers, and we have recently begun to set it up where they have two external hard drives, swapping them out each week so one of the drives cannot possibly be exposed to ransomware.

But last week an IT guy told me that is a bad plan, and that instead I need to switch over to Backup Exec because it creates image files that have no filename and thus cannot be viewed in Windows explorer--and thus can't be corrupted by a ransomware virus either--and that only the Backup Exec software can access them.

Is this correct?  If so, is this a feature exclusive to Backup Exec that I cannot get using Acronis on local hard drives?  I can't make any sense of the volumes of info on the Veritas website, so I'm hoping someone here has experience with all this so you can elaborate on the details and options.  TIA

I need your help to put together Powershell script to

Script 1 - BAK extension file Audit

1. Script needs to be able to use input server file (server bulk)
2. Scan servers drives (E:\, F:\, G:\ or I:\) or be able to select drives
3. Look for  “*.bak” extension files.
4. Generate CSV output files with
       a. server name
       b. Bak file name and path
       c. File Size
       d. Dates temp of the file.
       3. hash
5. Email report to specific email address

I have a Audit script but it doesn't work correctly. It scans all drives, doesn't provide date of BAK file creation. It doesn't sent email with report

$ExtensionList = @('.bak')
Get-PSDrive -PSProvider FileSystem |
    ForEach-Object  {
        Get-ChildItem -Path $_.Root -Recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue |
            Where-Object { $ExtensionList -eq $_.Extension } |
            ## ForEach-Object { $_.Name, $_.FullName, $_.GetHashCode() }
            Select-Object @{Name="Name";Expression={$_.Name}}, @{Name="Hash";Expression={$_.GetHashCode()}}, @{Name="FullName";Expression={$_.FullName}} |
            Export-Csv -Path C:\Temp\BAKAudit\BAKAuditReport.csv -NoTypeInformation -Append

I don't have BAK deletion script, which should do as follows

Script 2 - BAK Deletion
1. Use generated output file (from script 1) and remove"Bak" file older then 3 days.
2. Once the deletion is completed another report should be created showing what bak files from which server and from …
C Drive and Backup DriveBackup StatusBackup Drive SpaceHi,
 Using Windows backup, I am backing up  3.6TB of data on Windows 10 computer to  an 8TB 7200rpm External USB 3.0 drive. I started the backup on Saturday morning and it has been 2 1/2 days and it has backed up about 1.8TB so far and it shows 31% complete.
 On Sunday morning, it was 25% complete. It is moving REALLY SLOW.
 Is this typical? At this rate, it would take a week to complete the backup.
 Since the external USB backup drive is connected to the computer on a USB 3.0 port, I thought it would be a breeze knowing that USB 3.0 delivers 5Gbps speed.
 What could be causing this much delay?

I someone already used Veem from vm backp and restore? I want your opinion if it's a simple and good product?

Need to know the type of SSD and the method for upgrading the SSD of a notebook.

The spec of the notebook is in the link below.

I need to know the difference in the compatibility of m.2 SATA vs m.2 NVMe. Are they the same or different?

I have a Windows Server 2016 that a 2 TB SSD has been installed in.  Is there a way to image this server to this SSD online and then have the old HDD disconnected and the SSD boot up normally?  I'm trying to perform this remotely so I don't have to be on-site to image the drive with an imager.  I use StorageCraft software but not on this system in particular.  But I could buy ShadowProtect SPX.  Would this allow me to do this or is there a better or less expensive way of doing this?  As ShadowProtect SPX Server lists for $1095 and this is a one time image.  Thanks in advance for your help!
I use Acronis. The basic way it works is that it does a full then incrementals thereafter. It will only keep a certain number of incrementals at which point it merges the oldest incremental in to the full thus creating a new full. The sync program would have do to it by "block" or whatever you want to call it or it will continually be trying to sync the huge full backup every day.

   The perfect way to do it would be to back up nightly to a NAS or big External Hard Drive and then sync that hard drive or NAS to the cloud. Same issue with merging the oldest incremental in to the last full thus creating a new full. So does anyone know of a sync program that is "block" aware of wherever you want to call it?
We are considering hosting our own cloud backup location for a handful of servers that are hosted by commercial companies.

Looking at 150 GB of data backup per month and a monthly OS disk image of three or four servers approximately 200 GB total.  Most of it is archival and the image files would be rotated possibly maintaining 2 images per remote server at a time.  Currently using AWS with SyncBack.  Unfortunately started with Jungle Disk because at the time SyncBack did not interface directly with AWS.  This has led to enormous expense in retrieving things from Glacier and dealing with Jungle Disks changing file names/data to proprietary scheme so you can't see actual file names in Glacier.  And JD does not have Glacier retrieval function.  The server hosting companies charge almost as much for regular image backups as for the monthly server fee and I have heard that their backups are not totally reliable.

In spite of that very costly situation and the recent cost time and money required for us to retrieve a 5 TB archive, AWS charges too much and they have a ridiculous amount of tiers of charges and fees that it is nearly impossible to know what charges are coming on a monthly basis.

Looked at Azure and it looks slick but it isn't free or inexpensive even with our moderate amount of usage.  So we are considering hosting our own cloud backup.

We have extra servers so no hardware expense except a few large drives.  We would figure out some secure VPN / FTP into the…
Dear Experts, I could not start Veeam. It said that "SQL server is not available". We checked and started all of SQL and Veeam services but it did not help.

Can you please help? many thanks!
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I have backed up this server to a external hard drive for over a year with no problems. Last week the backups started failing with the error
Windows backup failed to get an exclusive lock on the EFI partition

If I reboot the server the backup will run without error

I am going to change the virus scan so that it excludes the USB hard drive

Do you have any other suggestions?
Hi, I have a very old server HP Proliant ML330 G3 with an Adaptec SCSI Ultra3 and two disks.
This is not a RAID1 system: there is OS (Windows 2003 SBS) in disk1 and data folders on disk2.
disk1 is dead.
There are no backups (file system level or systemstate).
Since this server was also a domain controller, I need to reinstall from scratch
If I install from scratch Windows Server 2003 and re-create  a domain with exactly same name of previous one, same users (possilby with same password) could be works fine with workstation ?

Can I use such controller to create a true RAID 1 volume, instead of two separate disks?
Thank you
Acronis wants almost $900 for 1TB of Cloud Storage for 1 year. Isn't that a little outrageous? Why would I want to do that when my OneDrive account has 1TB for free?

What could Acronis's cloud storage bring to the party that would justify that? (Yes it will be used on a server running their backup software).
Dear Experts

I would like to have your advice which software would help be with backup of my Dropbox folder.

My main problem is that I do daily backup and sometimes I realize that I lost one of my folders (probably because i have Dropbox folder on many computers - so it happens I delete somewhere and it deletes across all the computers).

So I want to recover - but it is very tricky for me to find where  in backup I have latest or last version of the folder. Usually I have to go back day by day to find correct day (obviously if I do not realize right next day).

Do you have any idea which software would help me?



In O365 what the backup for E1 and E3 users? Is there a backup or more retention period? I'm a little bite confused about that.

How can I check that?

Windows 10 and Apple computers that we want to backup and manage on one external device to protect & secure.  All 13 devices independently maintained and kept updated. Advice appreciated.  “:0) Asta

Storage Software





The term "Backup" means the methods and processes involved to copy computer data (system data as well as application data) to media other than the ones where the data originally live (disk, tape, optical, cloud). "Restore" in turn means the methods and processes involved in data recovery, i. e., bringing back copied computer data to their original location. Backup/Restore primarily serves as a means of protection against data loss, be it due to disaster, corruption or sabotage. It can also be used for recovering data from an earlier point in time and even for cloning machines or applications. There is a wide variety of backup/restore software available, from expensive commercial products to free or open source tools.